Leaving Mocoa, you have roughly 10km of paved road until just after you cross Rio Pepino. When you cross the bridge over the river, you take a right (there were police there at the intersection):
Maybe 75 meters after that right turn, the road turns to gravel and you begin El Trampolin de la Muerte...get ready to climb! (Mocoa is at about 600 m above sea level and you will get to 2300 m after the mirador)
From the point where the road changes to gravel, I climbed roughly 22km over about 6 1/2 hours (with stops for photos) before I reached the mirador. There are some extraordinary views along the way:
And you will cross about 5 streams going over the road if your shoes aren't already soaked from the continuous downpour in Mocoa:
When you see a big cell tower (there is a bathroom here but bring your own tp, of course), you are a just few km from the mirador:
The police station & another tower when you finally reach the mirador:
Unfortunately, it was too cloudy to see anything when I reached the mirador. There are a few little restaurants and tiendas to get food or coffee and you can choose to camp here if you ask the locals, I talked to one tienda owner and he said I could go about another hour and ask the owners of a little place called Restaurante Loreni to camp there.
You have to climb another 30 min (a few km) from the mirador, reaching approx. 2300 m before you start your descent. Here are Jon & partner, the owners of Restaurante Loreni (Google map gps coords are 1.070641, -76.774027) - I ended up putting my air mat & sleeping bag down on the floor of the restaurant. I had dinner (5,000 pesos) & breakfast (4,000 pesos) there.
And the incredible views at sunset from just below the restaurant. Above the clouds:
After a not so good night's sleep, I thought I had an easier 2nd day...not true. The 2nd day was much harder for me. This is what happens when you have expectations, the worst thing to have when cycling. I figured, well I climbed over 6 hours to reach the top, there must be a lot of downhill. You do to downhill for a little bit to roughly 1850 m above sea level, then start climbing yet again and actually go higher then the 1st day, up to 2750 m above sea level. So don't get lazy that 2nd day!
Enough altitude talk, here's some more pics of the road:
And some really cool moss growing on the side of the cliffs:
Lastly, when you are finally descending towards San Francisco & Sibundoy Valley and you think you're in the clear, you get one more fast-flowing stream to soak your shoes:
The beautiful Sibundoy Valley:
All in all, I would highly recommend cycling this "road of death". It's tough, but the views are unmatchable. At no time during the 2 days did I think I was going to fall off the edge or have any close calls with vehicles. There are a fair amount of cars & trucks driving on this road, but almost all with caution. Enjoy the adventure!